Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment At Albany Place Dental Practice

Inside the tooth, under the enamel and a hard layer called  dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

Advantages of Root Canal Treatment

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

When do you Need Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes:

  • Deep decay
  • Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
  • Faulty crowns
  • Crack or chip in the tooth.
  • In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks

If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to a dental abscess.

What Occurs During Root Canal Treatment?

During treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.  Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection.  After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Root canal treatment often takes several dental visits, depending on the complexity of the problem and how long it takes for the infection and inflammation to clear.

In some cases your dentist at Albany Place dental practice will refer you to a specialist.

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